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NEBRASKA LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
SCHOOL, CHILDREN'S AND YOUNG PEOPLE'S SECTION (SCYP)
BY-LAWS

ARTICLE I - NAME
The name of the organization shall be the School, Children's and Young People's Section of the Nebraska Library Association.

ARTICLE II - PURPOSE
The purpose of this organization is to serve as a creative part of the Nebraska Library Association and to promote total library service to young people throughout the state by promoting cooperation among all types of libraries serving children and young people; by providing a support system of professional information and assistance to members; by providing opportunities for continuing education; and by acting as a clearinghouse for ideas and activities in library services to young people in the state of Nebraska.

ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP
Section 1: Qualifications

Any member of the Nebraska Library Association actively interested in the purpose of this section is eligible for membership.

Section 2: Dues
In conformance with the dues schedule adopted by the Nebraska Library Association, the chairperson shall request the percentage of the NLA dues to be allotted for use by the School, Children's and Young People's Section.

Section 3: Voting
Only members of the School, Children's and Young People's Section shall be qualified to vote.

ARTICLE IV - OFFICERS, QUALIFICATIONS, DUTIES, ELECTIONS, & VACANCIES
Section 1: Officers

The officers of the section shall be the Chairperson, Chairperson-elect, and Secretary/Treasurer.

Section 2: Qualifications
a.
 All officers shall be members of the School, Children's and Young People's section.
b. The chairperson shall be a member of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).

Section 3: Duties
a.
 The Chairperson shall:

  • preside at the annual meeting
  • serve on the NLA Executive Board
  • appoint committees
  • submit an annual report to the Nebraska Library Association in accordance with its by-laws
  • be empowered to delegate duties to officers and members
  • be responsible for providing leadership and coordination among officers and members
  • cooperate with the Nebraska Library Association and the Nebraska Library Commission in planning Spring Workshops.

b. The Chairperson-elect shall:

  • serve in the absence or resignation of the Chairperson
  • coordinate the section's program for the annual conference
  • succeed to the office of Chairperson at the close of the annual meeting.

c. The Secretary-Treasurer shall:

  • maintain an orderly file of the section's documents
  • maintain an up-to-date membership list of the section
  • record the minutes of the annual meeting
  • prepare and distribute agenda, program notices and other pertinent documents at the request of the section officers
  • maintain an accurate record of the section's finances.

Section 4: Elections
a.
 Nominations of candidates for office shall be made by a nominating committee appointed by the Chairperson.
b. The nominating committee shall present a slate of candidates and resumes of their professional activities and interests to the section officers.
c. Nominations of the committee shall carry the consent of the nominee.
d. A space for write-in candidates will be provided on the ballot for each office.
e. Elections will be held by mail ballot prior to the annual meeting.
f. The term of office for the Chairperson and Chairperson-elect shall be for one year, from one annual meeting to the close of the next.
g. The term of the Secretary/Treasurer shall be for two years, from the close of the annual meeting to the close of the second annual meeting. The Secretary/Treasurer shall be elected in odd-numbered years beginning in 1985.

Section 5: Vacancies
If either the Chairperson-elect or Secretary/Treasurer, or both, cannot complete the term of office, the Chairperson shall appoint a replacement to serve until a new officer is elected by the regular mail ballot prior to the annual meeting.

ARTICLE V - MEETINGS
There shall be one annual meeting held during the annual convention of the Nebraska Library Association. Spring Workshops shall be held in conjunction with the Public Library and Trustees Sections.

ARTICLE VI - PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
Robert's Rules of Order shall serve as the parliamentary authority for this organization insofar as it is not contrary to these by-laws or the by-laws of the Nebraska Library Association.

ARTICLE VII - AMENDMENTS
Proposed amendments to these by-laws shall be published in the autumn issue of the NLAQ or be distributed by the section secretary at least four (4) weeks prior to the convention to all members in good standing. These amendments may be approved by 2/3 majority of those voting. Mail ballots shall be directed to all members following discussion of the proposed amendments at the annual meeting.

SCYP HANDBOOK (Revised 2007)

The SCYP Handbook serves as an outline of the duties and responsibilities of the people actively involved in the SCYP organization.

SCYP Handbook in PDF format

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